03-16-2011, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Andarial
Ok adding a crypt to my tank, but it came with all this weird green cottony stuff around it's roots... do I remove it?
That is probably some form of rock wool; usually it is white. Remove it carefully, you don't want to break off roots. If you can't get it all, no problem. You can leave it too, but I always prefer removing as much as I can to give the roots some breathing space in the substrate.
Crypts usually "melt" within a couple weeks of being planted so don't worry if it does. "Melt" means the leaves will all turn into a pile of mush, and fairly suddenly, usually within a day or two. Leave it alone, just siphon off the mush, and new leaves will appearif the roots are not disturbed again. This "melt" is very common with most crypts. It can also be triggered by any change, such as pH, hardness, temperature (a few degrees, not normal diurnal variations), light (replacing the tube, changing the spectrum, etc), and of course moving it. Try not to move it once it is planted, they don't like that.